Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - Fix It -

Tackle prob­lem­atic doors like a pro with these easy how- tos. Squeaky door driv­ing you nuts? The prob­lem is dirty hinges. Iden­tify the squeaky hinge, clean it and ap­ply some lu­bri­cant to si­lence it. With a ham­mer and thick nail, tap out the hinge pin from un­der­neath. Use a fine steel wool to re­move dirt and rust. Spray the en­tire hinge, in­clud­ing the pin, with WD-40.

Sag­ging doors

Doors can sag in their frame and be­come mis­aligned with the latch over time. Of­ten, all that’s needed is to ad­just loose hinges. Prop the door up with a thin book to level it to the right height, then tighten the hinge screws. For this job, use a screw­driver, not a drill – so you won’t over-tighten the screw and chew up the screw heads.

Doors that bind and stick

If a door binds or rubs against the jamb, it’s likely be­cause of two things: 1) there’s dirt or paint buildup (due to re­peated re­paint­ing), or 2) hu­mid­ity has caused the door to swell up. First, use a pen­cil to mark the spot that binds and de­ter­mine how much of the sur­face needs to be re­moved. If there’s paint buildup, chisel off the ex­cess. If the door has ex­panded, un­hinge it and sand down (with coarse sand­pa­per) or plane off (us­ing a jack plane) the prob­lem­atic spots.

Doors slid­ing out of tracks

Slid­ing doors get “sticky” and hard to open when the wheels are out of ad­just­ment or the tracks are dirty. Start with a good clean­ing – vac­uum de­bris in the tracks, then use a brush and soapy wa­ter to re­move all caked dirt and grime. The metal guides that hold the slid­ing doors can also get bent out of shape, caus­ing the door to slide out of track. To re­form them, use a scrap piece of wood (or a large piece from a child’s wood block set) that is just thick enough to fit snugly into the track slots. Se­cure the wood in place and use a mal­let to pound the track guides back into their cor­rect po­si­tion.

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